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Ruidoso Downs Race Track Announces Major Corporate Sponsors for 2018

Ty Wyant

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            Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino has announced its major corporate sponsorships for the 2018 horse racing season.

            City Bank joins Sierra Blanca Motors and Admiral Beverage Corporation as a primary track sponsor.

            “City Bank has become a vital business operations partner to Ruidoso Downs and we are energized by their decision to join us as an advertising and marketing sponsor in support of our racing and casino enterprises,” said Jeff True, general manager of Ruidoso Downs. “It is important that we are aligned with successful businesses in the community and City Bank is certainly one of those.”

            City Bank is the official bank of the race track, and will be featured this year in all of the race track’s advertising.

            “City Bank supports successful businesses in our community,” said City Bank’s

Lane Adams, the bank’s market president. “We are excited to be teaming with the new ownership and all of the renewed enthusiasm that comes with being part of the race track.”

            Among the new promotional events this season will be the “City Bank Chile the Kid Beer and Wine Festival” on August 3-5.

            Ruidoso Downs has announced it has extended the three-year agreement with Admiral Beverage Corporation, distributors of Coors Light. Coors Light will continue to be known as the “Official Beer” of Ruidoso Downs Race Track.

            The race track will feature all Admiral Beverage brands, including: Coors, Coors Light, Miller, Miller Lite, Corona, Corona Light, Tecate, Modelo, and Dos Equis.

            Sierra Blanca Motors will continue to be the “Official Car Dealer” of the race track for the upcoming season.

            “We are thrilled to continue this relationship,” said True. “Part of our agreement with Sierra Blanca Motors is to give away two prominent vehicles in the casino for our patrons during the summer racing season.”

            Sierra Blanca Motors has been one of the long-standing business partners of Ruidoso Downs.

            “Sierra Blanca Motors supports the race track and its patrons,” said Sierra Blanca Motors owner Ted Durham. “Teaming with Ruidoso Downs continues to be one of our best annual business decisions and we look forward to a successful summer.

            “One of the reasons we support the race track is because it has so much to do with the entire success of the community.”

            The first casino promotion for horse racing season is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend — Sunday, May 27 — when Billy the Kid Casino gives away a 2018 Jeep Compass from Sierra Blanca Motors. A pickup truck will be given away on Labor Day weekend.

            For complete Ruidoso Downs’ information, go to, visit the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino Facebook page and follow the Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox) on Twitter.



Jessies First Down Leads Ruidoso Raced Champions

Ty Wyant

              Ted Abrams’ homebred Jessies First Down repeated as the world champion and led five horses that raced at Ruidoso Downs last summer named 2017 champions.

            There are 12 championship awards for quarter horses racing in the United States. They are the major awards. Ruidoso Downs raced horses took eight of those titles.

            The champions were announced Wednesday night in Oklahoma City by the American Quarter Horse Association.

            Jessies First Down, also the 2016 world champion, earned his 2017 title with five wins from seven starts. Like 2016, he secured the sport’s top award with an impressive late season surge.

            A gelding sired by Fdd Dynasty, Jessies First Down won the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold Cup by two-and-one-half lengths in his sole Ruidoso Downs start.

            Jessies First Down was also named champion aged horse and champion aged gelding.

            The Jimmy Padgett-trained Jessies First Down is the first horse since Tailor Fit (1999 and 2001) to win multiple world championships and the first horse since SLM Big Daddy (1997-1998) to win consecutive world championships.

            Padgett also trained champion three-year-old Hold Air Hostage, champion three-year-old colt Duponte and champion two-year-old gelding Eagle Jazz. They all raced at Ruidoso Downs.

            Darling Farms’ Hold Air Hostage raced to dominating wins in the Grade 1, $1.15-million Rainbow Derby and the Grade 1, $1.36-million All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs. The Apollitical Jess-sired gelding won the Rainbow Derby by one-and-three-quarter lengths and the All American Derby by two-and-one-half lengths.

            Hold Air Hostage was also honored as champion three-year-old gelding.

            Owned by Bobby Cox with Homero Parades and Kristen Ashley Parades, Duponte had a consistent summer at Ruidoso Downs racing at the highest level. The son of American Runaway was a troubled third in the All American Derby and fourth in the Rainbow Derby. He won his trials to each of those races.

            Juan Medina’s homebred Eagle Jazz was sensational with a dead heat win in the Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity and a three-quarter-length victory in the Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity. The strapping son of One Dashing Eagle then dominated his All American Futurity trial by four-and-one-half lengths, however his time was not fast enough to reach the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity.

            By By JJ LLC’s homebred Running Dragon, a New Mexico-bred, took champion three-year-old filly honors. The Juan Gonzalez-trained daughter of Zulu Dragon was second in the $176,000 Zia Derby at Ruidoso Downs.

            For complete Ruidoso Downs’ information, go to, visit the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino Facebook page and follow the Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox) on Twitter.



$3-Million In Bonuses This Summer In Futurities and Derbies

Ty Wyant

            A monumental step forward for three-year-old quarter horse racing will occur this summer at Ruidoso Downs when the $1-million All American Triple Crown Derby Bonus is offered to the connections of any horse that can win the track’s three Grade 1 derbies.

            Those three Grade 1 derbies are the $750,000 (est.) Ruidoso Derby at 400 yards, the $750,000 (est.) Rainbow Derby at 440 yards and the $1-million (est.) All American Derby at 440 yards.

            Additionally, this summer, Ruidoso Downs will offer a $2-million All American Triple Crown Futurity Bonus for the connections of any horse that can win the Grade 1, $1-million (est.) Ruidoso Futurity, The Grade 1, $1-million (est.) Rainbow Futurity and the Grade 1, $3-million (est.) All American Futurity, quarter horse racing’s showcase event. The winner’s share from each race plus the bonus would total $4.3-million.

            “The new Triple Crown bonus program provides yet another incentive for all two- and three-year-olds to join the best horses at Ruidoso Downs each summer. The derby bonus is an effort to keep three-year-olds pointing at the lucrative purses in these iconic stakes,” said Ruidoso Downs president and general manager Jeff True.

            “The Ruidoso, Rainbow and All American futurities and derbies will pay more than $7-million in total purses and this bonus program ups that ante to more than $10-million. We expect to continue this bonus program and hope to pay it to fortunate owners on multiple occasions.”

            World champion Special Effort is the only horse to win each of the futurities. That was before any bonus existed. There have been three horses sweep the three derbies — My Easy Credit (1977), Dash For Speed (1988) and Dm Shicago (2005). My Easy Credit and Dash For Speed won the Kansas Derby, the predecessor of the Ruidoso Derby.

            “These bonuses, along with our relentless effort to enhance the integrity of Ruidoso Downs’ racing, are all integral parts of an unforgettable fan experience,” said True.

            The nomination payment of $250 for the 2019 All American, Rainbow and Ruidoso futurities is due on January 15. That single payment nominates the foal of 2017 to each of the futurities. A foal of 2017 that becomes paid up to run in the 2019 futurities can then continue payments for the 2020 derbies. For further information, call 575-378-7224.

            The futurity and derby bonus programs are pending approval of the New Mexico Racing Commission.

            For complete Ruidoso Downs’ information, go to, visit the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino Facebook page and follow the Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox) on Twitter.